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Windows 7: External Usb 3.0 hard drive used as internal affect performance?

14 Mar 2015   #1
skysurferdude12

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
External Usb 3.0 hard drive used as internal affect performance?

Hello all. I need some more space and I have a extra 1tb external hd. I want to turn my usb 3.0 external into a sata internal. Will this be the same performance as a regular internal drive with same specs(like if both are 7200rpm). Isn't it the same thing? Or external not made to be as good as internal drives?


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14 Mar 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

A hard drive will only run at a certain speed.

An external drive is used for storage, no reason for it to be super speedy.

If you want to take apart a perfectly good working external drive to gain a millisecond or 2 of speed, that is your choice.

USB 3.0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III

Need more space, just buy another hard drive for the pc.
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14 Mar 2015   #3
skysurferdude12

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Well I need storage, and I have 3 external 1 tb hard drives. Instead of buying a new internal, I wanted to turn on of the external into internal. It won't affect performance and will behave as if a regular internal right? That is all I was curios about....
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14 Mar 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, it will function the same as an internal.

You should always fill up your pc with hard drives before resorting to an external.

Take it apart, install it in the pc, format it if it asks and use it however you want.
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14 Mar 2015   #5
skysurferdude12

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I have a ssd as my primary drive, I just need extra for programs/game installs/downloads.
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14 Mar 2015   #6
skysurferdude12

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Yes, it will.
Thanks.
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14 Mar 2015   #7
skysurferdude12

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

One more question, since your name is "Addram". Can I use two different types of ram, meaning if I have a 1x8gb at 1866 and a 1x4gb at 1333. My motherboard can handle all, but would it affect performance if I used tow different types like that. I have a older stick that I was wondering if I could add until I get a new one.
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14 Mar 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

They will run at the slower speed, no need to add that 4 GB stick to an 8 GB stick at 1866.

Not worth it.

No reason to add memory if the system won`t use it, and if you can`t afford the same speed.
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14 Mar 2015   #9
skysurferdude12

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yea, currently 8gb is more than enough for what I do, especially with my gpu. I was just curious. Not going to add. Thanks!
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